Neil Patrick Harris Rude, Problematic Moments

The Rachel Bloom moment, ugh…

You know actor Neil Patrick Harris — he’s the star of How I Met Your Mother and also, like, a huge deal on Broadway.

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Well, he recently made headlines this week after writer Ashley Reese brought up the fact that he once hosted a Halloween party, where he had a “Corpse of Amy Winehouse” meat platter just four months after the singer died from alcohol poisoning.

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The meat platter was shared on Twitter by Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s husband, Justin Mikita, who attended the party. He captioned the photo, “Look who showed up at [Neil Patrick Harris] and [David Burtka’s] Halloween party last night. Looking good” with a photo of the meat platter.

@justinmikita / Via Twitter: @justinmikita

It’s important to note that neither NPH nor David Burtka have apologized — David only deleted the tweet.

People were obviously disgusted at a meat platter (often confused as a cake) that joked about the tragic death of Amy Winehouse — a young singer who publicly battled addiction, and died from alcohol poisoning.

I can no longer enjoy a Series of Unfortunate Events on @netflix, and any of his further projects, because I just found out Neil Patrick Harris commissioned a cake of Amy Winehouse’s corpse for a Halloween party. Sub human behaviour.

Twitter: @MarpyWould

Literally 4 months after she died. Halloween 2011. I’ve hated him ever since. It was a “corpse of Amy Winehouse” cake. You can Google it because I won’t post it.

Twitter: @judeinlondon2

Upon further research, people brought up some of his other questionable behavior. Here are seven other times the actor was problematic, rude, or both:


When he was unnecessarily rude to Rachel Bloom on Twitter, tweeting this about how she talks:

Who is the woman in the top hat backstage at @TheTonyAwards? Gideon remarked that she says ‘like’ and ‘oh my god’ a lot. I’m confused…

Twitter: @ActuallyNPH


Rachel responded, “I’m a big fan of yours. We’ve met numerous times and my husband, Dan Gregor, wrote for How I Met Your Mother for 5 years. Notably, he wrote the episode where your character finally meets his father.” Then NPH replied with this — not apologizing at all:

@Racheldoesstuff @TheTonyAwards Indeed! Well said. Thanks for the reminder. How was backstage?

Twitter: @ActuallyNPH


When he litereally stopped talking to Mayim Bialik for a while because she didn’t give him a standing ovation when she saw him perform in Rent on Broadway in 1997.

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“We didn’t speak for a long time. He says that he forgave me. He sent me flowers,” Mayim said.


When he said an anti-trans slur on Live With Kelly! in 2011:


When he called actor Jason Mewes — costar of Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob — a “drugged out mess of a guy” when asked about the film in an interview:

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This obviously upset director Kevin Smith, who later called out NPH on Twitter:

(3/3) I mean, why say something like that? s’not true OR respectful of a fellow performer. Dude essentially said Mewes isn’t an actor. Wow.

Twitter: @ThatKevinSmith

NPH followed-up with an apologyadmitting his statement was ignorant.


When he kept missing his lines in the New York Philharmonic’s Company, costar Patti Lupone praised everyone but him and said, “You’re getting there.” He then lashed out at Patti, saying, “I’m failing at this at every turn, and you’re telling everyone else they’re awesome and you’re saying, “I’ll get there! It’s not helpful! It’s not funny!”

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And lastly, when he made a poorly timed joke about Dana Perry’s outfit at the 2015 Oscars, just moments after she dedicated her award to her son, who died by suicide:

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“It takes a lot of balls to wear a dress like that,” NPH said. It didn’t land well with some, but Dana did say she thought it was fine.

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